Why Pay $2 For Water & Plastic Pollution? Petition Our City For Public Drinking Fountains.

Why Pay $2 For Water & Plastic Pollution? Petition Our City For Public Drinking Fountains.

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Lindsay Williams started this petition to City Council Philadelphia

In the U.S 38 million plastic water bottles go into landfills. 24K liters of oil are used to make these water bottles. 

We’re petitioning for water fountains and refill stations to be put into public spaces like train stations and parks for city residents to refill and use their reusable water bottles.

It’s unfair that there are no public water fountains and that we are pressured to purchase single-use plastic water bottles that contribute to plastic pollution.

“There are 3,000-plus homeless Philadelphians who often lack basic access to sanitized water. Fountains are probably the simplest, best way to provide it.” 

In the U.S we throw away 35 billion single-use plastic water bottles yearly! It can take 450 years for 1 bottle to completely decompose. 

We believe the easiest way to remove plastic water bottles from our communities is to use reusable water bottles. But, how can people use them if we can’t refill them? So, we are petitioning Philadelphia to install public water refill stations and drinking fountains.

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) banned the sale of plastic water bottles in all of its concessions beginning in August 2019. They installed 40 touch-free, sensor-operated water bottle refill stations to provide access to San Francisco's free high-quality tap water. In fact a growing number of airports across America are adding water refill stations for travelers. We believe this should be rolled out by local councils across every borough.

With your help, we’ll demand that our local councils allocate funds to install at least one water refill station in the town center. 

185 billion dollars have been invested by the petrochemical industry to build 325 new refineries to create 35% more plastic by 2025.

There are more than 100 carcinogenic chemicals used in the production of plastic water bottles that are linked to asthma, organ damage, and cardiovascular diseases. 

Research suggests this can trigger an immune reaction, release toxic substances and pollutants into the body and have a serious impact on health that is yet unclear. Think bottled water is cleaner than tap? Well the fact is that 64% of bottled water sold in the US comes from municipal supplies.

Only 9% of single-use plastic is recycled in the U.S. According to the Container Recycling Institute, 86% of plastic water bottles used in the U.S become garbage or litter. 

  • Bottled water costs hundreds of times more than tap water to produce. Tap water costs less than half a penny per gallon, while bottled water costs an average of $1.11 per gallon in 2016. - Beyond Plastics 
  • A typical landfill costs $20 million to build and millions yearly to maintain according to the Municipal Solid Waste Association

We want our cities to include the cost of public drinking fountains and refill stations into their ‘green infrastructure’ budgets for the greater benefit of all.

For decades, bottled water brands have been passing the responsibility of their plastic waste onto their customers. So now we’ve decided to end the problem by providing citizens with a choice. 

Providing convenient water refill stations for citizens will go a long way toward eliminating unnecessary plastic from our world. If we don’t need it, it shouldn’t be here.

Join the movement and to help end the plastic crisis while making water accessible to everyone.

What Else You Can Do:

Watch the documentary The Story of Plastic Single Use Plastics

Read this article Plastic Pollution Delaware River

Read this report Plastic Pollution Hudson River

Follow these organizations WaterAid, The Water Project, Beyond Plastics, Break Free from Plastic

Contact us to join the campaign or start your own campaign in your area 

Lindsay Christinee l.christinee11@gmail.com

Michelle Tyler michelletylercontact@gmail.com





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